The No. 10 Oklahoma Sooners were in a rather surprising defensive battle with the No. 6 Baylor Bears in Waco, Texas during the first half of their 41-12 loss on Nov. 7.
The score read 5-3 Sooners, no, this wasn’t the conference opener for college baseball, but rather 5-3 in a football game with the No. 1 team in the nation in points and yards per game in the Bears.
Then the Sooners ended the second quarter in the worse way imaginable and never recovered.
With Oklahoma (7-2, 4-2 Big 12) up two, Baylor would go on to finish the half scoring 21-unanswered points. Bryce Petty would go on to rush for two touchdowns in six minutes, and the Bears (8-0, 5-0 Big 12) would intercept Blake Bell and take the ensuing drive for another score, a 24-yard reception from Petty to Antwan Goodley with 13 seconds left in the quarter.
A 5-3 Sooners’ lead, quickly turned to a 24-5 Baylors’ lead at halftime.
Baylor would finish the game out on a 38-7 run after being down two. Goodley would score his second touchdown, a 25-yarder in the fourth to give the Bears’ the 29-point lead that the game ended at.
Bell threw for 150 yards on 15-of-35 passing with one touchdown and two picks. His lone touchdown came late in the third when the game was well in hand. He connected with Roy Finch from 10 yards out.
His counterpart Bryce Petty, who came in leading the conference in passing yards and has thrown for at least 300 yards in all seven contests, finished with a season-low 204 yards on 13-of-26 passing, the only thing the Sooners defense did well all night long.
Oklahoma was ranked 10th in total defense at 314 yards per game, but gave up 459 yards to Baylor. Shock Linwood finished with a game-high 182 yards on the ground on 23 carries.
The Sooners had won 21 of the 22 meetings with Baylor, their lone loss coming in 2011 against Robert Griffin III in Waco.
Oklahoma’s last four losses have been by an average margin of 22.5, and its lost each by at least 16 points.
The Sooners can get back on track as they welcome Iowa State to Norman, Okla. on Nov. 16.
“Big-Game” Bob (Stoops) needs to do a better job in “big games.” Essentially, Oklahoma is just 1-2 in such games this season, with losses to Baylor and Texas and winning on the road at Notre Dame.
With Iowa State and Kansas State being relatively easier games, the Sooners will have to face Oklahoma State in the annual Bedlam battle to end the season. The Cowboys has a similar offense to the likes of Oregon, Baylor and Texas Tech. They may not be as explosive, but it will definitely be a tougher game to close out 2013.
Bell will need to continue to improve in the passing game as Stoops’ game plan in “Belldozing,” hasn’t fared well recently. The Sooners struggled mightily in short yardage against Baylor, most of which coming in the red zone.